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Tue
24
Dec

Aurora bath bomb company makes a splash in community

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Two Aurora High School students are sprucing up this holiday season with their handmade bath bomb company.
Hailey Hanneman, 16, and Grace Ziegler, 15, both sophomores, started the bath bomb operation to help raise funds for their previous trip to the FCCLA 2019 National Conference. They began with the idea of selling homemade chalk, but after that plan crumbled -- quite literally -- they turned to bath bombs. Thus, Hailey Grace Bath Bombs came into existence.

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Tue
24
Dec

Seniors say early farewell

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Seven Husky seniors bid farewell to Aurora High School Friday, turning their tassels and beginning the next phase of their life’s journey with a mid-term graduation ceremony.
Marching in to the Middle School theater amidst a chorus of pomp and circumstance, the seniors were honored by a crowd of family and friends, including many of the 90-member AHS Class of 2020.

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Fri
20
Dec

Fall commencement

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Friday was graduation day for seven seniors who turned the tassel ending their time at Aurora High School. Honorees included Cassandra Cole, Christopher Cole, Faith Havens, Risa Holloway, Jeremiah Nunnenkamp, Lane Shaw and Owen Sine.

Fri
20
Dec

Dollar General update

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The Highway 14 site that has been empty since a February fire gutted the Dollar General store is starting to look different this week as the steel frame on a new, larger building goes skyward.

Wed
18
Dec

County denies wind project

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to deny Bluestem Energy Solution’s conditional use permit, thus denying its proposed four-turbine commercial wind project.
Commissioners also placed a moratorium on wind generation until the county’s Joint Planning and Zoning Commission can review regulations further, citing detriment to public health and effect of property values as their main concerns.

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Wed
18
Dec

Wind decision stirs joy and confusion

Monday’s unanimous county board vote to deny a proposed wind energy project drew applause from a core group of people who have worked hard to prevent commercial wind turbines from becoming part of the Hamilton County skyline, as well as comments reflecting disappointment and confusion from the applicant.
Approximately 75 people listened in to Monday’s board discussion on the issue in the district courtroom, though the 45-minute meeting was broadcast live via social media. Outside of the three Bluestem Energy Solutions representatives, Monday’s audience came hoping to hear a vote to deny, which they did. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
18
Dec

Sew Simply Useful creates original pieces with kids in mind

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What started as making child-oriented items for a store in Grand Island has grown into a unique hobby for Phillips local Megan Kenney. She found that once the store closed down that not only did she have the items, but fabric for more projects. This led her to taking those items to local craft shows and the Kimberly K Boutique in Grand Island.
“I do burp cloths, car seat ponchos and a couple of different types of little bags to dump  munchkin stuff in,” she explained.

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Wed
18
Dec

Cosmic crisp apple a new, unique delight for East Park residents

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A new crossbreed of apple made its debut in Washington this December, but Laurie Andrews at East Park Villa was dead set on bringing this new treat to her residents.
“People in Nebraska maybe don’t quite understand the excitement in the other parts of the nation,” she said, “although you might have seen this on CNN because it absolutely has hit national news.”
Waiting residents were told that the creation of this apple began 20 years ago when a person in Washington decided to create an apple with greater longevity that is also sweet and crisp.

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Wed
18
Dec

APS Foundation launches new website

Now that the Aurora Public Schools Foundation has received its 501c3 designation, officially recognizing it as a non-profit organization, the wheels can start rolling on other updates and projects for the Aurora community.
Foundation member Tina Oswald noted that it has been hard for the board to move forward or do any real promotion without having the official nonprofit designation from the IRS. The application was submitted June 12.
“So that was a key piece,” Oswald said.

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Wed
18
Dec

Annual Food Pantry distribution touches many

The feeling of Christmas was most definitely in the crisp morning air Saturday as Hamilton County Food Pantry volunteers handed out sacks filled with food fit for a holiday meal to local families in need.
Carrying on what has become an annual Christmas tradition, Food Pantry board members and volunteers delivered goodwill and good food at a time when many area residents are in need of holiday cheer.

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